From the Raptor to the Tremor and everything in between…
It's not very often a new Ford F-150 comes along, but when it does, it's big news for the brand and its buyers. But with deliveries now fully underway for the fourteenth-generation F-150 in bread-and-butter mainstream guise, Ford has started feeding us more info about the special models. We're talking about the F-150 Raptor, of course, and it's slightly less manic Tremor sibling.
The Raptor is arguably the biggest news of the bunch. At the time of its unveiling, Ford was unable to confirm exact power outputs from the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 at its heart as they were pending certification. That process has been finalized now, and the results aren't what we were hoping for.
As we suspected, they haven't been increased for the all-new model, so we're still looking at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. But the torque is delivered better at lower RPM, which has increased towing capacity on the 2021 Raptor to 8,200 lbs - 200 lbs more than the old model - and maximum payload to 1,400 lbs. The Raptor gets a 500-mile EPA-rated range estimate, and ought to sound like a proper performance truck thanks to its active valve dual exhaust.
Ford has also revealed that the Raptor will come with OTA updates and a new feature that enables the sharing of digital trail maps. It'll do this via the standard SYNC 4 infotainment system, which is able to fully integrate with owners' smartphones thanks to the latest FordPass mobile app technology.
The Raptor's build and price website will be going live today, so buyers can fully configure their Raptor and place orders with dealers officially. Notably, Ford didn't provide us with any new information on the Raptor R, once again merely teasing us with the fact that this V8-powered Ram TRX fighter will be arriving next year.
While it may lack the Baja-conquering performance of the Raptor, the Ford F-150 Tremor off-road truck will also soon be available for configuring, as its own build and price launches on June 18. The hardworking Tremor is available in one main configuration, as a SuperCrew model with a 5.5-foot box and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. 4x4 is the only drivetrain, along with a standard 10-speed automatic gearbox. This model gets 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires and 18-inch alloy wheels, 1.5 inches more suspension travel than a standard F-150, Raptor-style bashplates, and approach/breakover/departure angles of 27.6/21.2/24.3 inches.
On the same date you can configure the Tremor, Ford will finally make available a bunch of new features for the rest of the F-150 range. These include the Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch, the former of which can monitor cargo weight in real time to make sure drivers don't overload their truck, while the latter measures the tongue weight of a trailer to help balance the trailer's load accordingly.
To equip the Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch, the max towing package is required, while the new package will add $650 to the asking price. Along with this, Continually Controlled Damping is now a $695 option, improving ride quality and aiding hauling ability. CCD is standard on Limited models, but is required on King Ranch and Platinum derivatives if the Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch is specced.